Synopses & Reviews
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!
Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thiefit's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any foxMr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.
An ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a little bit of magic
Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone elseAlfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesnt even know Mr. Hoppy is alive. And Mr. Hoppy is too shy to even ask Mrs. Silver over for tea. Then one day Mr. Hoppy comes up with a brilliant idea to get Mrs. Silver's attention. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. After all, everyone knows the way to a womans heart is through her tortoise.
THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE
The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!
THE GIRAFFE AND THE PELLY AND ME
Who needs a ladder when youve got a giraffe with an extended neck?
The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company certainly doesn't. They dont need a pail, either, because they have a pelican with a bucket-sized beak. With a monkey to do the washing and Billy as their manager, this business is destined for success. Now they have their big breaka chance to clean all 677 windows of the Hampshire House, owned by the richest man in all of England! Thats exciting enough, but along the way there are surprises and adventures beyond their wildest window-washing dreams.
About the Author
(1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post
, and so began a long and illustrious career.
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing childrens stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
Chris O'Dowd is an award-winning Irish actor and writer. His TV work includes Sky's Moone Boy, which he created, co-wrote and starred in, The IT Crowd, and Christopher Guest's Family Tree. His recent film work includes Bridesmaids, The Sapphires and the voice of Grub in Epic.
Hugh Laurie is a multi-award-winning English actor, writer, director and musician. He first became known starring in the much-loved television comedies A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster. He was the star of long-running American medical Drama House, and will play David Nix in the upcoming fantasy Tomorrowland. Hugh was awarded an OBE in 2007 for his services to Drama.
Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, director and writer. Television work includes A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder and the host of QI. On film, he played Oscar Wilde, and appeared in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Hobbit .